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MITA Announces New Senior Appointments

Publication Date: Sep 14, 2010
Malta’s largest ICT entity, the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) has recently revised its senior management to sustain the changes and diversity in its operational portfolio.
The engagement of four Chief Officers will provide as a central cohesive drive for the implementation of the Agency’s strategic priorities. 
Mr. Godwin Caruana has been appointed to Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Peter Xuereb has been appointed as Chief Officer for Human Capital, Mr. Juan Borg Manduca has been appointed as Chief Officer for Information Systems and Transformation whilst Dr. Jean Pierre Scerri has been appointed as Chief Officer for Legal, Risk and Compliance.
“I welcome Godwin, Peter, Juan and Jean Pierre in their new role as chief officers. Their combined skills-set and vast experience will indubitably be vital for the implementation of the Agency’s strategy” said MITA’s CEO, Mr. Matthew Gatt.
Mr. Juan Borg Manduca - Chief Officer, Information Systems & Transformation
Besides a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mr. Borg Manduca has a strong business background and extensive working experience in all areas of ICT.  He setup and managed one of Malta’s first computer training centres, worked as General Manager of one of Malta’s leading computer hardware organisations, and as Director and General Manager of one of the first ISPs in Malta. For 9 years, Mr. Borg Manduca was a Director at MCAST and instrumental in the creation of the Institute of ICT.  As Chief Officer, Information Systems and Transformation, Mr. Borg Manduca is entrusted with the implementation of transformational ICT solutions that enable Government’s mission to better serve the public.  Mr. Borg Manduca is responsible for overseeing programmes falling within the Core Information Systems and e-Government frameworks ensuring the successful delivery of transformational outcomes.
Mr. Godwin Caruana - Chief Technology Officer
With a combination of almost 20 years of experience and a Masters in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool, Mr. Caruara has garnered vast knowledge in IT research, adoption, implementation and governance areas. As Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Caruana is responsible for the technology strategy, direction, the governance of information systems and for the assessment of new technologies.  He is also entrusted to drive the establishment of an ICT Governance Framework across public sector and to shape Governments’ policy development in relation to current and next-generation technologies.  Furthermore, Mr. Caruana is responsible for the development and maintenance of a consolidated enterprise architecture ecosystem, ensuring openness, interoperability and cost-effectiveness of solutions for Government. Mr Caruana is currently reading for a PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Brunel.
Dr. Jean Pierre Scerri - Chief Officer, Legal, Risk & Compliance
After graduating as a Lawyer from the University of Malta, Dr. Scerri obtained a Magister Juris in European Comparative Law focusing on Competition Law and was subsequently awarded an LL.M. in Computer and Communications Law at Queen Mary College, University of London.  For the past 13 years, Dr. Scerri worked in telecoms and IT with major companies. His latest post was that of Head of Regulatory Affairs for Southern Europe, Africa and Ireland at Cable and Wireless plc in UK.  Dr. Scerri is responsible for MITA’s legal and EU affairs ensuring that the Agency fulfills its obligations.  He is in charge of corporate governance and compliance, including the monitoring of the contracting activities and for the Agency’s risk management function.  Dr. Scerri is also responsible for the Agency’s position on EU affairs. 
Dr. Peter Xuereb - Chief Officer, Human Capital
As a graduate in Computer Science from Imperial College, he began his career at the United Nations International Computer Centre in Geneva. He also read for a Masters degree in Management and subsequently for a PhD in Information Systems Management, both at the University of Cambridge in UK.  Prior to joining MITA, Dr. Xuereb worked with HP in Stuttgart, the Management Systems Unit in Malta and with the Spatial Corp. (owned by Dassault Systèmes) in Germany. As Chief Officer, Human Capital, Dr. Xuereb is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of ICT educational and workforce development programmes intended to increase the volume of ICT qualified resources and to extend the breadth of specialisation in the ICT field. 
From left to right: 
Mr. Juan Borg Manduca (Chief Officer - Information Systems and Transformation), Mr. Matthew Gatt (CEO), Dr. Peter Xuereb (Chief Officer - Human Capital), Dr. Jean Pierre Scerri (Chief Officer - Legal, Risk and Compliance), Mr. Claudio Grech (Chairman) and Mr. Godwin Caruana (Chief Technology Officer).